Archive for July, 2009

Clutter 1.0 released -> Cally 1.0 has born

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Today Emmanuel Bassi finally announced the release of Clutter 1.0.0. Great news.

So, for some hours the Cally master didn’t compile against the clutter master. A new branch (cally-0.9) was created (although probably not required), and the master version was updated. As I explain on the README file at Cally, in order to make life easier, the version of Cally is tied to the version of Clutter, in order to avoid questions like “which version of Cally I need to install in order to support Clutter A.B.C?”. So, Cally 0.9.X will grant accessibility support for Clutter 0.9.Y. X and Y will kept independent, for internal usage, in a similar way to GAIL with Gtk+.

In the same way, I started to reduce the awful TODO file, and create some bugs on the clutter bugzilla, in order to trace the missing stuff and bugs in a sensible way. So, since today, Cally has several bugs.

Cally moved to Clutter repository and other news

Monday, July 20th, 2009

As some of you already know, at first the Cally git repository was placed on Igalia server, waiting to be moved to the Clutter repositories. As one of the GCDS post-effects, this move was being made. So, the new way to get the Cally source code is:

  • git clone git://git.clutter-project.org/cally

And the development will continue there, so the Igalia one would be closed soon.

In the same way, a new component was added to the O-hand Clutter bugzilla, so now you can open a bug against Cally. Now I will start to transform the über TODO file at Cally in small bugs, in order to track the missing features and other bugs in a sensible way.

I would like to thank Emmanuel Bassi, Ross Burton and Richard Purdie for this move.

Other news:

  • For the people who went to my GCDS talk, I added a branch with the Clutter example I used. This is a heavily modified version of the clutter toy foofone called CrapPhone. This also includes a dogtail script. For the moment it will be maintained as a different branch, as I’m not sure if it is worth to include it with the rest of the examples on the master branch.
  • A first commit related to the AtkText support on ClutterText (CallyText) was pushed on the master, containing the implementation of most of the methods of this interface. It also adds an example (on the examples directory), that tries to use all this methods. This implementation is based on GailEntry, and the methods that still remains are the ones that on GailEntry was based on GailMisc. This library is really tied to Gtk, and some methods are not 100% useful on Cally. Probably a equivalent object (ie: CallyMisc) would be created in order to fulfill this functionality. In the same way, I think that worths to not create über commits, and split this a little. And probably I will start the support for AtkEditableText before finish that.

My last day in GCDS

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Like a lot of other fellow igalians, I has been this week on the GCDS (Guadec+Akademy) at the beatiful city of Gran Canaria (beatiful and not as hot as I feared).

Probably I should have made more posts about that, but there were several talks to see, but more important, I used most of my free time to prepare my talk on the GUADEC. This task was scheduled yesterday, at 10:00. Yes, the first talk in the morning. And yes, the day after the sponsored Igalia party ;) . But in the end there were more people than I expected (although in the same way, I started 5 minutes late by purpose :P ).

My talk was about Cally, the Clutter Accessibility Library implementation. In fact we can say that the Tuesday morning was the “Clutter morning”, as there were three talks about Clutter.

Except for the fact that in the middle of the talk the microphone fall to the floor, I think that it was fine. If you are interested, you can download the slides here.

As I said on the talk, currently Cally works, but for a specific scope. So, what about the future?

  • Complete the missing functionality (AtkText: work in progress)
  • Review new clutter-based toolkits (glitter, nbtk, …)
  • Review applications using clutter directly (gnome-shel, …)

Although the GCDS will finish on Friday, this is my last day here (I preferred to go back earlier) . As the song says, “all come to an end“, so I will come back to Coruña tomorrow.

I saw several interesting talks, I met some interesting people and I enjoy all the guadec, but in the same way I’m really tired right now ;)